Canadian Boarder
9:47 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Northern border fence idea raises eyebrows along frontier

A sign marking the unfenced border to Point Roberts. Photo by Tom Banse

BLAINE, Wash. - A planning document describing possible security enhancements along our northern border is raising eyebrows both in Canada and the U.S. Most notably, the study for the Department of Homeland Security raises the idea of fencing short portions of the northern border. Some Canadians are offended by the idea. The U.S. agency is now trying to contain the negative reaction. Correspondent Tom Banse has details from Blaine, Washington.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Tears (and fears) of a clown

Scary or Happy?
Yvesanemone Flickr

COULROPHOBIA. Fear of clowns. More common than you might think. We got a bad case of it after hearing all the nasty stuff people dressed like clowns are doing.

Besides selling hamburgers and squeezing into Volkswagens, clowns have been committing robberies and even murders…

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Election 2011
5:41 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Costco's support tops $11M on liquor initiative

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Costco has given more than $11 million to support an initiative campaign that would privatize Washington's liquor distribution and sales.

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Global Health
2:54 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Homeless campout at Gates Foundation, want cash

Danial Emslie unfurls plastic for his bed as homeless people and advocates prepare to sleep in front of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Tuesday in Seattle.
Joshua Trujillo Seattlepi.com

“Charity begins at home” and hundreds of people in Seattle are now looking at a wet, cold winter with no place to sleep.

That’s what homelessness advocate Jarvis Capucion said to me when I asked him why protesters decided to camp outside the Seattle campus of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation this week.

“Jimmy Buffett’s 'Singing for Change' project gave us $10,000 a few months ago,” said Capucion. “I want to know why Warren Buffett and Bill Gates can’t do the same.”

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Groove Notes
2:29 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Film project amplifies loss and hope in death of jazz great, husband

Michael Brecker

The documentary More to Live For screens at the Gig Harbor Film Festival this Saturday. People from the Pacific Northwest will finally get an opportunity to view the story of three men affected by Leukemia seeking out a bone marrow transplant, including the late tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker.

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Environment
2:09 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Hanford ground water cleanup huge challenge, new pumps helping

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are trying to flush and clean contaminated groundwater that runs deep under southeast Washington.

The massive plumes of radioactive and toxic chemicals are leftovers from plutonium production during World War II and the Cold War. Decontaminating all that groundwater is a monumental task. And as correspondent Anna King found out, it will only get harder over time.

Some of the groundwater pumped up from Hanford near the Columbia River is so contaminated it looks like flat Mountain Dew.

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Protesting Wall Street
12:57 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Occupy Seattle protesters still say they won't abandon Westlake Park

Occupy Seattle organizers pack up some supplies in anticipation of the city removing a large tent. However, protesters say they don't plan to leave Westlake Park.
Paula Wissel KPLU

Mayor Mike McGinn has once again told Occupy Seattle protesters at Westlake Park that they must follow the rules against camping in the park. 

Occupy Seattle protesters say they will expand to City Hall but won’t abandon Westlake.

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Puget Sound
12:41 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

More seal pups spotted ashore in Seattle

Harbor Seal pups, perhaps like this one born in June at the research institution in Seward, Alaska, are crowding the beaches in West Seattle.
Associated Press

A bumper crop of chubby, adorable harbor seal pups have been hauling out on rocks and beaches of West Seattle in high numbers in recent weeks.

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Life in the Northwest
11:57 am
Wed October 12, 2011

'A paradise of light in the wilderness' returns to City Light

Ladder Creek Falls lit by blue LEDs.
Seattle City Light

City Light's Skagit Hydroelectric Project isn't just a source of power – it's a work of art.

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Homeland Security
9:32 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Feds try to tamp down fears of fence on northern border

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The U.S. government is considering whether to build short segments of fencing along the northern border with Canada. But the fences won’t stretch very far.

That’s what a U.S. Customs and Border Protection planner told a small audience gathered in Bellingham Tuesday night.

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